Would it be better to have not been born than to not respond to the message of Hope?
Regarding those we love who live a life of death. Whom we pray for, cry over and carry a burden of great worry…
A window into what a week in the “Prayer Life” with the Lord looks like…
Starting with: a paraphrase (mine) of scripture I was praying all day Sunday, Monday and yesterday:
“Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are (watching) that they may believe …. He cried with a loud voice, “(any name here), come forth!” And the dead one was made alive. Jesus said to them, “Loose their grave clothes and let them go.” (…remove the covering of shame…) Then, many who had been watching saw the things Jesus did, and believed in Him.John11:41-44
The application is after the argument Moses made against the Lord’s destruction of the Jews. David amplified this…
“I cried out to You, O Lord; And to the Lord I made supplication: “What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!”Ps. 90:8-10
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”Ps 90:11-12
About all those prayers over all the years. Yeah, think about every prayer – having prayed and prayed and prayed… all of the platitudes, verses and wisdom … It comes down to mercy!”
Having cried and cried out, until tears are gone. Mostly I sense I’ve prayed it all, prayed with any who’d offer to, and prayed mostly all of the time without having words… Butto continue is good. And so: What’s left is…
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”Galatians 6:9
(But man, does it get wearisome … FLESH!)
Finally, I might believe differently somewhat than the watered down version of the instruction:
“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”John 20:23
For instance: (I won’t paraphrase this.)
“And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?”1Cor. 7:13-16
Where family is on the line, In the tribulation, in the storm – it’s my weakness the enemy attacks. Jesus is asleep on pillows! I don’t know if I will or I won’t … I do know who can and who will.
“The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”Matthew 26:24.
An unresponsive heart, the ultimate betrayal, the ultimate blasphemy… THE one unforgivable sin. The glory of God (Jesus his Son, given for man) – Paul says “no man has an excuse.” And this is the burden sometimes – Are we all that stand between some and destruction?
Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”Prov. 24:11-12